The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment announced its 2011 Top Ten Green Projects today, and we are honored that our First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition made the list.
The 20,000 square foot Meeting House is approximately 40% more efficient than a comparable base-case facility, and the building design features extensive use of locally-sourced materials and recycled content. 91% of regularly occupied areas receive natural daylighting, and the ventilation system uses CO2 sensors to trigger only when spaces are occupied. The addition nearly doubles the footprint of Wright’s original Meeting House, but a vegetated roof on the addition and a reduction in parking spaces actually increases the percentage of pervious vegetated surface on the property.
The COTE Top Ten site includes a detailed case study of the First Unitarian Society’s sustainable features and metrics. In addition, our publication detailing the building’s sustainable features and LEED points can be viewed in full here.